In a challenging year for our operations across Africa and Asia, we have looked to communicate the breadth of Malaria Consortium’s work on our blog, including the ways we’ve adapted our programmes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the year draws to a close, we take a look back at some of our most-read blogs of the year.
Our statement on COVID-19 and seasonal malaria chemoprevention
Our most-read article this year outlined how our seasonal malaria chemoprevention programme would respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This programme oversees the distribution of vital antimalarial drugs to millions of children across Burkina Faso, Chad and Nigeria. As the distribution campaigns are largely carried out door-to-door, the potential for COVID-19 transmission was high. Our team had to make significant changes to the design and delivery of the campaigns to ensure they could be carried out safely.
New town hall meetings in Nigeria lead to concrete commitments on malaria funding
We looked at a brilliant initiative that began as a part of Malaria Consortium’s SuNMaP 2 programme. Before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted face to face contact, the first of a new kind of ‘town hall’ meeting took place in several local government areas (LGAs) across northern Nigeria. The meetings provided communities with a platform to share their opinions about malaria prevention and control. While these meetings were curtailed by the pandemic, many activities have transitioned online while the commitments made by local leaders at the town hall meetings have begun to benefit the communities.
Introducing Future Health
It was also a poignant year to launch a new campaign tackling future health threats and opportunities. The campaign began in March and sought to advance global discussion on five topics; antimicrobial resistance, climate, vaccines, dengue and digital health. This introductory blog for the campaign was one of our most read of the year.
Celebrating successful LLIN distribution in South Sudan during COVID-19
In South Sudan, the COVID-19 pandemic brings additional complexity to an existing humanitarian crisis caused by prolonged conflict and instability, in particular a fragile health system. In this blog, our South Sudan team gave us an insight into how the vital distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets took place successfully against this backdrop.
Looking to 2021 – the scope for SMC in the future
SMC has proven to be an extremely effective intervention that can prevent up to 75 percent of malaria cases in children under five. The pace of the scale-up of this intervention over the last few years has been impressive and we have reached the stage where we are able to reflect on how SMC can be adapted and the innovations that can be introduced to maximise the contribution it can make to the global fight against malaria.